Woody Biomass and Electricity in the United States: A Case Study in Scientific and Policy Uncertainty

Forthcoming, Energy Law and the Environment (Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar/IUCN)

15 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019

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Blake Hudson

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: August 14, 2019

Abstract

“Woody” or “forest product-derived” biomass is not a major fuel source for electricity generation in the United States. This chapter first discusses the extent of its current use, and details some reasons for its limited use. Second, the chapter analyzes one scientific and policy debate in particular that has impacted and will likely shape the use of woody biomass for electricity going forward — the debate over its carbon neutrality.

Keywords: biomass, climate change, wood pellets, forests

Suggested Citation

Hudson, Blake, Woody Biomass and Electricity in the United States: A Case Study in Scientific and Policy Uncertainty (August 14, 2019). Forthcoming, Energy Law and the Environment (Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar/IUCN). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3437332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3437332

Blake Hudson (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/main.asp?PID=5214

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